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Mati diocese has new bishop.

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Msgr. Abel Apigo, rector of St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary in Davao, has been named as the new bishop of Mati, replacing Bishop Patricio Alo, who retired due to health reasons.

According to CBCP News,, Apigo's appointment was announced during the annual gathering of Friends of REMASE, a group formed to support the studies of seminarians in Mindanao.

REMASE vice rector, Fr. Reynaldo Retardo read the communique signed by Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Gabriele Caccia.

The bishop-elect said he considers his appointment as a grace from God.

"It's really a grace of God to be chosen as the shepherd of the local church of Mati," Apigo told CBCPNews.

Born in Calinan, Davao City, on May 21, 1968, the bishop-elect of Davao

was ordained a priest on April 18, 1994.

He served in various capacities at the Regional Seminary of St. Francis Xavier of Davao: pastoral director (1996-1997), professor (2000-2001), coordinator (2001-2002), vice rector and dean (2002-2006), before becoming its rector in 2006.

Apigo obtained a licentiate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in 2000.

In 2014, Apigo was appointed episcopal vicar for the clergy of the diocese.

He will be the second bishop of Mati.

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Mati Bishop-elect Abel C. Apigo. (PHOTO VIA CBCPNEWS/ BRENDA MILAN/ MANILA BULLETIN)

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Title Annotation:Mindanao
Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Feb 11, 2018
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